MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - If its Spring and the month of May, then it is time again for two of Monmouth County's favorite Spring arts fundraising events.

On May 4, the Monmouth Symphony League held its annual luncheon at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, and the rain did not damper the day for anyone.  Guests had the pleasure of pre-luncheon music by violinists Winnie Burke and Ted Malevris, and flutist Marjorie Koharski, while enjoying an appetizer of assorted cheeses, crackers and fruit by a warm fire.  The was a Silent Auction of gifts and artwork, as well as Gift and Quilt Raffles.

Monmouth Symphony League President Joan Berzansky made opening remarks as guests sat down to enjoy the luncheon, as well as Monmouth Symphony Orchestra President John Preusse, and Monmouth Symphony Orchestra Director and Conductor Roy Gussman.  During the luncheon Keyboard Artist Jim McEowen entertained at the keyboard by playing popular songs from musicals and films, and one had to name that tune.  The luncheon menu consisted of an appetizer of mixed field greens with balsamic vinaigrette, an entree of sliced london broil with madeira wine sauce with mixed vegetables or grilled salmon with lemon dill sauce and mixed vegetables.  Dessert was a luscious warm brownie with vanilla ice cream and coffee or tea.  Proceeds go to the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.

On May 19 The Art Society of Monmouth County held its 7th Annual Luncheon at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands along the breathtaking Atlantic Highlands Marina.  Toni Wilczewski was the Luncheon Reservations Chairperson and Lucille Dellert, the Luncheon Information Chairperson. There was a Silent Auction of gifts and artwork by Art Society members and 50/50 Raffle.  Guests enjoyed an appetizer of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as cheese, humus and crackers.  During the luncheon there was Guest Speaker and Pastel Artist Sangita C. Phadke, who specializes in the artwork of fruits, vegetables and flowers.  There were also three scholarship winners recognized by the Art Society: 1st Place/Victor Cortes, 2nd Place/Robert Pattison, 3rd Place/Michael Baron.

The luncheon menu consisted of an appetizer of delicious chicken noodle soup followed by tossed salad greens with balsamic vinaigrette, an entree of fish with lemon sauce with a double baked potato with vegetables, chicken francaise also with a double baked potato and mixed vegetables, and pasta and vegetables.  Dessert was a delicious cheese cake and coffee or tea. Proceeds go to support programs, guest speakers, art shows, and the High School Merit Award Scholarship exhibit and other projects sponsored by the Art Society.